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  • May 21, 2015 4:48:16 PM

    Liquidware Labs Signs UK Desktop Virtualisation Distributor

    London, May 21st 2015 – Liquidware Labs today announced it has partnered with UK specialist desktop virtualisation distributor, Actual Virtual.

    “As virtual desktops become more prevalent across SMB and the Enterprise, more niche resellers are becoming interested in offering these solutions to their customers,” commented Fraser Norman, head of UK operations, Liquidware Labs.  “With this rise of the virtual desktop phenomenon, we required a boutique distributor, to complement our current channel, and expand our products into this reseller base.  Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Actual Virtual as a Liquidware Labs distributor.”

    Only recently (11th May) Gartner published a report entitled “Solution Path for Deploying VDI” (G00276801), that highlighted the need for a 4-step approach for any company looking at VDI; Plan, Evaluate, Design and Implement.  Simon Greer, Managing Director, Actual Virtual concurred, “Including Liquidware Labs’ solutions in our portfolio will enable us to provide this imperative 4-step approach for our resellers and their customers.  The planning and evaluation reporting from Stratusphere FIT provides our resellers the tools to create the right design for their customers and, with ProfileUnity enabling a seamless migration, ensures a successful VDI implementation.  We are very excited to be able to offer Liquidware Labs’ comprehensive solutions to our resellers.”

    The advantages a boutique distributor brings to both Liquidware Labs and resellers alike include being able to transact with smaller resellers that, perhaps, larger broadline distributors wouldn’t even consider to provide a credit line to.  Actual Virtual, with their focus on desktop virtualisation, will provide new resellers to Liquidware Labs with the advantages of specialist knowledge and services, as well as higher margins.

    About Liquidware Labs

    Liquidware Labs™ provides industry leading platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View®, and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs. Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX products deliver visibility into desktop environments and support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. ProfileUnity’s FlexApp feature delivers advanced Application Layering. Flex-IO supports IOPS acceleration in virtual desktop environments. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Labs Essentials. Liquidware Labs products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidwarelabs.com for further information.

    About Actual Virtual

    Actual Virtual is a specialist distributor of desktop virtualisation products and solutions. By combining industry-leading technical expertise with an innovative and disruptive product line-up, Actual Virtual has quickly established themselves as the UK's premier source for desktop and application delivery technologies.  Visit www.actualvirtual.co.uk for further information.

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  • May 20, 2015 5:43:48 PM

    This video recaps the highlights of Liquidware Labs presence at the recent Citrix Synergy event in Orlando, Florida. Some of the great happenings included co-presentations with Doug Brown and Mohit Dhawan from Citrix, Dave Bieneman interview with VMblog, and Jason Mattox, pretty much everywhere showing of new ProfileUnity with FlexApp. We made a lot of new friends and reconnected with old friends. A good time was had by all!

  • May 19, 2015 3:47:56 PM

    The company again makes it to CRN’s list that highlights the most innovative vendors in the virtualization space.

    Chicago, IL, May 19, 2015 –  Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation technologies, today announced it has been named to The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN® Virtualization 50. The annual list recognizes channel-friendly companies that provide some of the most innovative virtualization technology available.

    Selected by CRN editors, the 2015 CRN Virtualization 50 highlights vendors that are addressing a growing market need for state-of-the-art virtualization solutions. Building virtualized environments is the first step in taking customers to the cloud. Selecting the right virtualization tools puts solution providers on the path toward successfully building virtualized environments that solve customers’ problems. The list aims to help solution providers identify and evaluate virtualization technology vendors and programs that will enable them to grow their business.

    Making the CRN Virtualization 50 list is yet another achievement for Liquidware Labs, which is just returning from its most successful Citrix Synergy event ever, as growing numbers of companies are recognizing the value of its offerings.  Liquidware Labs solutions – ProfileUnity for User Environment Management (UEM) with FlexApp for Application Layering, and Stratusphere solutions for end-to-end visibility of the desktop end-user experience -- are fast becoming “must have” technologies for desktop virtualization customers to solve a wide range of desktop performance issues.  The company’s Flex-IO IOPS acceleration solution is also gaining traction with a growing number of customers who need to speed up storage performance for VDI environments.

    The company will shortly make version 6.5 of ProfileUnity generally available (in beta currently) with significantly enhanced FlexApp application layering features and two new advanced features, including ProfileDisk, a VHD or VMDK data disk designed to hold a specific user profile, and a high availability, highly scalable design with exclusive point-and-click clustering.

    Liquidware Labs is an Elite member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program.  The Elite status is conferred upon organizations which will be involved in active collaboration with VMware to integrate and validate their solutions with VMware end-user computing platforms and technologies.   Liquidware Labs solutions are also verified as Citrix Ready and the company is also a founding sponsor of the Citrix User Group Community

    “Virtualization is one of the hottest segments of the IT industry. As virtualization adoption continues to flourish, our Virtualization 50 list serves as a valuable resource in the purchasing process,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “These virtualization vendors definitely deserve to be on the channel’s radar. We congratulate the winners and look forward to their continued success.” 

    “We are very proud to have gained this recognition from CRN,” said Chris Akerberg, President and COO of Liquidware Labs.  “This award again validates for our channel partners that they have made the right decision in going-to-market with our products, and that they have embarked with us to transform the workspace as we know it.  We are well positioned to jointly capitalize on a growing and dynamic market, and we are excited for our mutual prospects in the desktop virtualization space.”

    The 2015 Virtualization 50 list is featured online at www.CRN.com, and will be published in the June issue of CRN.

    About Liquidware Labs

    Liquidware Labs™ provides industry leading platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View®, and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs. Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX products deliver visibility into desktop environments and support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. ProfileUnity’s FlexApp feature delivers advanced Application Layering. Flex-IO supports IOPS acceleration in virtual desktop environments. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Labs Essentials. Liquidware Labs products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidwarelabs.com for further information.

    About The Channel Company

    The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN®, XChange® Events, IPED® and SharedVue®, is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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  • May 18, 2015 3:57:56 PM
    Join hundreds of IT professionals at 2015 NY Tech Summit, a growing business-to-business exhibition and educational technology conference, on June 4 & 5 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. NY Tech Summit is upstate New York's premier information technology conference, offering comprehensive educational programming, experienced industry speakers and valuable networking opportunities.
  • May 14, 2015 2:09:05 AM
    Last week, Liquidware Labs released the first beta of the next version of their ProfileUnity product. ProfileUnity is a user environment management tool that also includes application layering functionality through FlexApp.
  • May 12, 2015 4:11:24 PM

    This video goes over the architecture of ProfileUnity and how it is designed to provide high availability and scalability across all desktop platform types including VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop VDI, RDSH, DAAS and physical machines. No competing offering provides such robust functionality and value at this affordable price point.

  • May 12, 2015 4:05:13 PM
    Be a part of cutting-edge sessions on trends shaping the IT industry hosted by a powerful line-up of leading companies. You’ll see how SMP and our strategic vendor partners can help IT leaders from all market segments embrace new technologies for outstanding productivity, efficiency, and more. Experience these technologies firsthand through labs and breakout sessions and engage directly with SMP Experts and Technology Specialists. Best of all, you can attend all of these great sessions and interact freely with our partner experts.
  • May 12, 2015 2:09:10 PM
    VMware's new user environment management tool aims squarely at Citrix customers, but third-party UEM tools gives Citrix shops the same capabilities at less than half the list price.
  • May 12, 2015 2:01:42 PM

    App Layering spanning all VDI platforms, including Citrix® XenApp and XenDesktop, Microsoft® RDSH; and HA design deliver enterprise functionality at unbeatable pricing.

    Orlando, FL -- 05/12/2015 – Liquidware Labs today announced ProfileUnity v6.5 with significantly enhanced FlexApp application layering capabilities, ProfileDisk technology, and a high availability design that sets a new standard  in delivering enterprise-level, robust application layering across all Windows® desktop platforms. The company is demonstrating the software at Citrix Synergy this week (Booth #434).

    “ProfileUnity with FlexApp has been verified as Citrix Ready, which means our joint XenApp and XenDesktop customers benefit from this application layering support with a streamlined way to deliver applications without the need to modify base images,” said Siddharth Rabindran, Senior Manager, Citrix Ready at Citrix. “When coupled with ProfileUnity’s User Environment Management features, customers have additional options in managing profiles, delivering printers, managing application rights, and many other user policies on a granular basis.”

    ProfileUnity is the only complete and full-featured User Management Solution to support all Windows desktop types – combining User Environment Management and Application Layering in one integrated, easy-to-manage product. FlexApp Application Layering has been verified as Citrix Ready for XenApp app delivery and XenDesktop VDI, and also supports Microsoft RDSH, and VMware.

    The enhanced FlexApp feature introduces a new file system driver approach to layering that seamlessly and instantly delivers applications. The new approach significantly reduces logon times, simplifies application delivery, and dramatically reduces the need to modify base images in desktop and server-based computing environments. Applications can be assigned to machines or any user(s) or group(s) based on policies or conditions by using more than 300 built-in, context-aware filters.

    Even complex applications, such as those with file system drivers and services, can be easily virtualized with FlexApp, dramatically improving upon older application isolation technologies such as Microsoft® App-V and VMware® ThinApp. In addition to existing VHD support, FlexApp now includes options to provision applications onto FlexDisk VMDKs, which benefit customers who have VMware ESX hosts by leveraging fast VMFS storage. A single desktop can support as many as 58 VMDKs with ProfileUnity, more than any other layering solution.

    Mark Lockwood, Gartner Analyst wrote, "Application layering, although a relatively new technology, promises to eliminate the VDI application delivery dichotomy: the need for fully integrated, natively installed applications versus the need to abstract those applications in order to take full advantage of VDI technology. Layering produces the best user experience of the methods compared in this research while also providing excellent management flexibility.1"

    The following significant updates are also included in the latest version:

    Introducing ProfileDisk
    ProfileDisk is new with the release of ProfileUnity v6.5. ProfileDisk is a VHD or VMDK data disk designated for a specific user’s profile. ProfileDisk dramatically speeds user logon times by seamlessly mounting the entire user profile from disk, supplying the benefits of native profile performance with instant delivery of a user profile. When coupled with ProfileUnity’s longstanding granular profile Portability features, customers can enjoy the best of both worlds – a lightning fast profile with the ability to granularly manage the profile when needed, as well as options to roam across Windows OS versions.

    Highly Available – Highly Scalable
    Customers leveraging ProfileUnity’s new support of VMDKs will also benefit from its inherent design to deliver highly-available environments. ProfileUnity v6.5 includes exclusive point-and-click clustering, removing the requirement for network load balancers or external database clusters. ProfileUnity provides all software needed to create a highly-available cluster with just the click of a mouse. The design features a unique and efficient pull architecture – meaning workload information is pulled from the cluster and then processed in contrast to older industry methods where the information is blindly sent to a service that subsequently can hang or go down.

     “By extending our FlexApp features to additional desktop types, administrators gain a powerful new solution to deliver applications without affecting the base image of a desktop,” said Jason Mattox, CTO, Liquidware Labs. “FlexApp’s latest design can deliver some of most difficult to virtualize applications, which gives it a significant edge over other application virtualization solutions. Many customers will also benefit from our added support of VMDKs which can boost performance by avoiding network line speeds and interruptions associated with VHDs.”

    Availability and Pricing
    ProfileUnity v6.5 is currently in BETA and is planned for general availability in June.  Pricing is USD $49 per named user with special $39 pricing available for a limited time to celebrate the new version launch.

    1. Abstract from Gartner report entitled "Selecting the Right Application Delivery Method for Virtual Desktops" published 9th October, 2014, number G00269228.

    About Liquidware Labs

    Liquidware Labs™ provides industry leading platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View®, and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs. Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX products deliver visibility into desktop environments and support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. ProfileUnity’s FlexApp feature delivers advanced Application Layering. Flex-IO supports IOPS acceleration in virtual desktop environments. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Labs Essentials. Liquidware Labs products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidwarelabs.com for further information.

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    The following are trademarks of Liquidware Labs Inc: Liquidware Labs, Stratusphere FIT, Stratusphere UX, VDI FIT, VDI UX, Profi­leUnity, FlexApp, ProfileDisk, FlexDisk and Flex-IO are trademarks of Liquidware Labs, Inc. All other marks or product names mentioned in this release may be trademarks of their respective companies.

     

  • May 8, 2015 6:29:38 PM
    Today on Episode 7 we had the real pleasure of speaking with Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware. Liquidware were a relatively unknown for Jarian and I up until recently. We requested a demo of their solution stack recently, we were blown away.
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